21 Feb '18, 11pm

Land plants may have evolved much earlier than we thought

Land plants may have evolved much earlier than we thought

The results of a new study push back the date of emergence of land plants around 80 million years to approximately 500 million years ago. This new date coincides with the emergence of the first land animals. The study also finds the earliest land plants may have had roots. Plant roots are a powerful erosive force, and the researchers believe these plants could have had a big impact on the Earth’s climate. A new study drastically upends conventional wisdom about when plants colonized land, pushing back the date about 80 million years to around half a billion years ago. The new date more closely aligns with when land animals emerged, and could help advance our understanding of how and when Earth’s physical and biological systems formed. While previous estimates relied on limited fossil evidence to gauge when plants made the jump to land, researchers from the University of Br...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/02/land-plants-may-have-ap...

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